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Mint Chocolate Cashew Cream No Bake Bars

These easy mint chocolate cashew cream no bake bars are so creamy and only have 7 ingredients! They're a healthy, vegan and paleo friendly dessert for the holidays! 
Recipe time does not include final chilling time, which if 6 hours to overnight.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 Bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2/3 Cup Roasted Cashews * 93g
  • 1/2 Cup Roughly chopped Medjool dates loosely packed (70g or about 5 dates)
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Water

For the middle layer

  • 2 Cups Roasted Cashews soaked in water overnight (250g)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fresh mint roughly chopped and lightly packed (3/4 oz)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 Cup Honey agave for vegan version
  • 1/4 tsp Pure peppermint extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp Good-quality dark chocolate minced

For topping

Instructions

  • Place the cashews (for the crust) into a large food processor and pulse until broken down and crumble. Add in the dates and cocoa powder, and pulse until combined and the mixture begins to form a crumbly dough.
  • Transfer the a bowl and add in the water. Use your hands to work the dough until it sticks together.
  • Press the crust firmly into the bottom of a parchment lined 8x8 inch pan. You need to press it very thin, so really use your muscle and work it in there. Place into the freezer while you make the cream.
  • Drain the soaked cashews and place them, along with the mint, almond milk, honey, peppermint extract and a pinch of salt, into a large, high-powered blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Transfer the cream to a medium bowl and place into the refrigerator until it cools, about 30 minutes. This is so the chocolate doesn't melt when you stir it in.
  • Once cooled, stir in the minced chocolate and then pour the cream over the chilled crust and spread out evenly. Place into the freezer to fully set, at least 6 hours to overnight.
  • Once frozen, place the chocolate into a microwave-safe container and microwave on half power using 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until smooth and creamy. Pour the melted chocolate into a shallow, rimmed plate.
  • Remove the bars from the pan and slice into squares. Quickly dunk the tops of each bar into the melted chocolate and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place into the freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate.
  • DEVOUR!

Notes

*I buy my cashews pre-roasted. If you can't find these, bake them in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes until lightly golden brown. Do this for both the crust and the cream layers, and before you soak the cashews from the cream overnight.